Fabulous One Layer Cards // Use Your Stash // 20% off RST

Howdy friends! I have a problem, I’ve mentioned it before, I hoard supplies. Oh, I have no problem using them or sharing them but just purging them? Never! And it’s a good thing because every once in a while I think of a way to use an oldie but goodie, in this case rub-on transfers (AKA rub-ons.)

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I urge you to dig out any old rub-ons you have and try making these cards. Rub-ons can crack and not transfer as they age so let’s make sure they get used! Watch the video to learn a new way to make a quick card.

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No rub-ons? Don’t worry, these cards would be just as pretty with a stamped sentiment and if you want to do the resist technique I share in the video simply stamp in clear and emboss in white and it will work the same, or write your sentiment with a white crayon, get creative people!:)

The stamps I used are from our sponsor Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Get 20% off your mounted stamp order of $10 or more with coupon code: ONELAYER *Offer good through 6/25/16

Supplies:

Tip! If you own several peg stamp sets mix them up for more options and versatility! I store mine all together to I can combine them easily on projects!

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Directions:
1. Mask area where your sentiment will be with tape or a post it note.
2. Ink around mask with a light ink and then fill the area with small stamped images.
3. Remove mask and outline masked area with a fine tip black marker.pen.
4. Apply rub on in masked area. If you are using a white rub on on white paper apply watery ink over the rub on to make it show up.
5. Flick on ink as desired!

These are fun to make in batches. Get creative with your stamps and use up those old rub-ons! I love using up old stash, it helps me justify buying new stash! If you want to add any of the stamps I used today (or others) to your stash make sure to use the coupon code ONELAYER to save 20% at Rubber stamp Tapestry. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Masking, Copic Coloring, Selective Glitter & More! Stamp School!

Hi friends! There is so much good stuff packed into today’s video it’s like taking a class but FREE! Yay! The card we are making is a tad more advanced than we usually make in stamp school but I know you can handle it. Also the techniques I am going to share with you will help you get more use from your stamps and let you create collage and scene images using the stamps you already have.

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The stamps I will be using are by ArtNeko,  *Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!

Video!

Technique you learned today:
Masking
Monoprint Background (With gel press)
Selective glittering
Alcohol (Copic) Marker coloring
Paper distressing

Supplies:

  • Stamps (ArtNeko)
  • Bird
  • Flowers
  • Sentiment
  • Dye based ink (blues and greens)
  • Alcohol ink markers (Copic, Promarker, Prismacoloror others-will list colors below but all you need is shades of each color for blending)
  • Gel Press (a gelatin type mono printing plate, you can also use a Gelli Plate, Stampendous creative palette or a mirror stamp, OR use a large background stamp)
  • Embossed scrap of paper (for texture on the gel press or mirror stamp)
  • Buttons, ribbon or other embellishments
  • Quickie Glue pen
  • Ultra fine clear glitter
  • Kraft and white cardstock (I like Neenah Classic Crest super smooth for stamping)
  • Memento ink in Rich Cocoa (or your favorite color) to stamp the image to be colored.
  • Vintage Photo Distress ink and a sponge

Markers: Tip! If you don’t have enough markers use colored pencils to shade and highlight the colors you do have or use whatever medium you enjoy coloring with. Just make sure to use compatible ink.
Copic colors: E31, E44, YR00, YR24, YR02, R32, B02, B01, BG15, YG03, YG11,
Promarkers: Y635, Y337
Prismacolor Markers: PM86, PM10, PM95
Art Marker (Cheap pack of 24 available at ACmoore) Y42 Bronze Green

I hope you found this in-depth video helpful and you give these techniques a try with the stamps you have on hand. You don’t have to use all of these techniques in one card but hopefully one or two might be just the thing that your next card needs! Thanks to ArtNeko for sponsoring the video and til next time happy crafting!

Beautiful Cityscape {I love this stamp!}

Howdy friends! I spent some time today just playing at my desk stamping. I got a new stack of rubber from Lost Coast Designs and in it was this beautiful cityscape stamp:

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The markers, buttons, doily and washi tape were all left on my desk from a previous project and I was just playing with no expectation…and sometimes that’s when you end up with something you really like. You can see how I made this card here:

So, what new products are you wanting to play with? They don’t even have to be new, sometimes when you revisit old product that you haven’t used in a while it is just like buying something new. No, really. I have been in the process of going through old tins of colored pencils and pastels and just playing (to curb my desire for the set of 72 Inktense Blocks that I have been coveting for months now) and I find that trying new techniques with old products fills that need for “new” and I get to feel good that I used something I already had rather than the guilt of buying yet another medium. Then when you do get something new, like the stamp I used today for example, it magnifies the uses of your old product and keeps it fresh. New stuff is fun but trying new techniques with old products is fun too and not to mention free since those supplies are already bought and paid for. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Awesome Washi Fake Out Stamping!

Attention Washi Tape Hoarders! Ahh, that got your attention didn’t it? I have a couple rolls of washi tape but I never seem to use it, either it is too nice to use, or it does not match my project or I forget I have it. Well, no more excuses because today I have a way for you to get the look of washi tape on your project without using or making tape! It is a masking trick and I will show you how to make the masks and use it and it is practically free! Nice huh? check out my faux washi card, nothing by cardstock and ink baby!

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Watch the video to see how:

I like this better than the fake washi stamps I was wanting. I love it when I can get the look of something I want with what I already have, don’t you? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Halloween Postcard: Quick & Easy!

Hello friends! In case anyone is wondering I am happy to report that I finished the parent/student cross country race yesterday. I was really hoping there would be some out of shape parents in the race instead of all of the fit military dads joining in. There were only a few moms in the race, what’s up with that? I didn’t overdo it, I jogged/speed-walked with another mom and we had a grand time gabbing and catching up as we navigated the course. I figured there was no point overdoing it and being sore for a week…I wasn’t “in it to win it” as they say but it does give you a respect for the kids who run this every day. My daughters ran the race too (and did far better than their old lady) so I think I will have 3 runners in the family next season when they are old enough to join the team. OK, today I have a quick Halloween postcard for you, this can also be adapted to make a 1 layer card or tag. I used stamps from About Art Accents and if you have not entered the prize draw on last Fridays post be sure you do so you have a chance to win some of their stamps!

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I filmed 3 videos yesterday and I have to say it was quantity over quality, really I think I was a bit off my game because I was nervous about the race. With that in mind here is the video:

Remember you can use my coupon code: Lindsay10% whenever you shop at About Art Accents, I think you put it in the paypal comment box and they refund the savings. That’s it for me today, I still have to walk the dog (she does not understand that I did a race last night so I am all set with exercise today LOL!) and get ready to film this weeks Ask-a-Crafter episode with Lorraine. I guess I better get cracking! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Easy Masked One Layer Cards!

Here is a fun, easy project to make this weekend. You don’t need many supplies and I bet you have everything you need on hand. The ginkgo stamps are by About Art Accents and the Sentiment is by Stampin Up! PS you can use this coupon code to save 10% off regular prices at About Art Accents: Lindsay10% PSS Most of the Ginkgo stamps are 50% off!!! Do you feel a spree coming on?

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Tip: To save money on cards and envelopes wait until the large craft stores (Joann, ACmoore and probably the other ones too) put their packs of 50 5″x7″ card/envelope packs on sale. They come in white, cream and kraft and go on sale for $5 several times a year, especially around Christmas. You can get a card base and envelope for 10 cents and no cutting! They are not the thickest cards out there but they are perfect for this technique!

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By masking I give the illusion of depth. Notice how the circle in the center seems to be on top? Neat huh? Watch the video to see how it is done!

Mistakes happen! Check this out, it is my favorite card because of a mistake I made while masking.

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Notice the ginkgo branch in front of the center circle, I forgot to mask the circle when I started to stamp! So I grabbed my colored pencils and colored it so it looks like it is there on purpose! Shhhhh…don’t tell anyone.😀 I hope you give this easy card a try. Sometimes it is good to get back to our stamping roots and revisit old techniques. Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Faux Postage & Reverse Masking Video!

Do you want a quick and easy (not to mention inexpensive to make and mail) card technique? Well, read on my friend! Today I’ll show you some easy techniques while we make this card:

 

I used the sketch from Oriental Stamp Art and stamps from About Art Accents (all except the postmarks, they are Limited Edition and Hero Arts) Sorry about the length, it’s 20 minutes, but chock full of tips!

There you have it! Wasn’t that easy? Now go grab your ink and play and til next time happy crafting!

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